Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz große Traum)

Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz große Traum)
  • 2011
  • Germany
  • 1h 53min
  • Directed by: Sebastian Grobler
  • Written by: Philipp Roth, Johanna Stuttmann
  • Cast: Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Thomas Thieme
  • Language: German

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Germany without football is hard to imagine, and yet the beautiful game may never have taken root there were it not for the enthusiasm and determination of one man ­ Konrad Koch. German-born but Oxford-educated, Koch was hired to teach English by a strictly-run German boys school in 1874. A visionary teacher, he introduces football ­ well established in England, but unknown in Germany ­ to teach the boys English, self-esteem and good old British values of 'fair play'. Needless to say, this progressive curriculum gets him into all kinds of trouble with parents, administrators and other teachers … By turns dramatic and funny, the film has a first-rate cast led by the excellent Daniel Brühl (Goodbye Lenin!, The Edukators). Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Youth Film Festival.

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